Kovalchuk most underated player in NHL?
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12-15-2012, 07:20 AM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Bethlehem, PA
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Serious question - no trolling this time - was there ever a press release revealing the nature of his playoff injury? I've heard a lot of conjecture but never saw anything about post season surgery or anything like that.
Reason I bring this up is that Kings fans were combined Brown and Richards had injuries throughout the SCF and there was never any post season surgery. In fact, the only kKing I know of that had surgery after the Cup win was Quick.
Well, if you know anything about our GM, you know he likes to keep things ultra quiet. He did say after the playoffs that Kovy had a back injury. I don't remember the specific wording, like whether he said serious or severe or anything, but the fact that he said anything about it was surprising.
I understand many players play through injuries in the playoffs. I have no doubt that some Kings players were injured and other Devils were playing through injury. What I can say is that at the very end of the regular season and all the way through the playoffs (with the exception of a couple games vs. Philly where it seemed quite obvious he got an epidural) he looked extremely slow and had an obviously labored stride. He clearly wasn't close to 100%.
Now I'm not saying Kovy doesn't take some nights off because he does. Only during the regular season, but he does throw in that odd game where he just doesn't seem to be too into it. I can tell you that was not the case in the playoffs. He was trying, he just was clearly laboring. To have still lead the team in points in that condition was pretty amazing.
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